Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Melvin Williams


The purpose of this comparative study was to determine whether the levels of depression, self-esteem, family relations, peer relations, and attitudes toward mother and father are the same in adoptees and non-adoptees. The level of difficulty in these areas was measured through the use of six scales from the Clinical Measurement Package. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 40 participants, 20 adoptees and 20 non-adoptees. It was hypothesized that there would be no difference between adoptees and non-adoptees in their scores on the six scales utilized. This research found that when there was significant difference in the two groups it was the non-adoptees who presented a greater severity or magnitude of problem in the areas tested. This study was an attempt to provide a clear understanding of the inherent stresses adoptees and adoptive families face as well as compare their satisfaction with self, others, family, and parents with non-adoptees.

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